CWO3 Charles Fellner

CWO3 Charles Fellner, USA-Ret.  Honored by Robert Fellner.

Mr. Fellner entered Active Duty in 1957. He served in Germany; at Fort Sill, OK; Ft. Meade, MD and in Vietnam prior to being selected to the Defense Attaché Program. He then served in Korea, Malaysia, Lebanon and Austria. He also served in several temporary locations. In Lebanon he was instrumental in obtaining the release of Embassy personnel who had been kidnapped by the warring factions. He also managed three separate evacuations of American citizens living in Lebanon. In true selfless service he evacuated his family from Lebanon, sent all but his senior officer in the Attaché office out of the country to insure their safety and then remained in country for several more months until the situation was declared safer and his replacement arrived. Upon arriving in Vienna, Austria, Mr. Fellner was extremely disappointed to discover that the Soviet officials had propagandized the liberation of Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The camp was one of the most notorious NAZI slave labor camps during World War II. He immediately set out to change this and ensured the Soviet delegation was never larger than the American delegation again. He also brought the American Staff Sergeant, Albert Kosiek, who liberated the camp with his patrol back to the camp so the former prisoners could pay their respects. The response of the former prisoners was tremendous and touching. Mr. Fellner was always proud of his service but also always found time to assist at the American International Schools and spend time with the Marine Security Guards. Chief Fellner served with pride and continued to serve his country after retiring. He was named Man of the Year in Punxsutawney, PA just one year prior to his death. He received this honor for numerous things, but perhaps most important to him was his work with area Veterans’ Hospitals, the VFW, and the American Legion. He made it a point every year to teach flag etiquette in the local schools. Chief Fellner ultimately died of complications related directly to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. To his last day he was very proud of his service. In fact the last favor he asked of his son, also retired Army, was that the banner, Chief Fellner and his wife had made, reading “Your Flag is About to Pass, Please Stand, Remove Your Hat and Place Your Hand Over Your Heart” was present at the yearly Holiday Parade. It is for these reasons and more that a brick was bought in honor of Chief Fellner.

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